strafefire (8) - - FEB 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As far as introductions to beer styles go, the first time I became officially aware of the existence of wheat beer was during a field trip to Antwerp, specifically visiting an Argentinian steakhouse in the city.
Being first year geography students who had been on a coach driving from Bangor in North Wales to Antwerp all day, we were hungry, shy, self conscious and, perhaps unsurprisingly ready for beer. Hoegaarden is personally responsible for a drunken 3am phone call to my dear mum from one of my friends, demanding that I personally come too reception and open the front door. Woops, wrong number...
Fast forward two weeks from this incident, and after a week of drinking the white nectar by the firkin, I discover that exists several variants of wheat beer, including a large supply of German examples of hefenweizen in the nearby tesco’s.
Erdinger holds pride of place as the first example of German wheat beer I ever tried, and frankly have never looked back since.
Pouring a beautiful off cream approaching a slightly golden hue, Erdinger produces a mighty head which shakes hands with the nostrils on first sip, and absolutely sticks around fr the party.
Banana bread, slight hint of cloves, and a subtle but wonderful waft of sweet weetabix, Erdinger is not particularly forthcoming in its nasal charms (not exactly surprising given the fifteen foot of mousse floating on top), however the taste buds start atinglin’ once the volatiles finally punch through.
In the tasting, again the suggestion of cloves banana bread comes through, backed by a ever so slightly citric acidity and a rich, malty sweetness similar to Horlicks. It is a flavour profile I can only describe as the equivalent to a beer version of a cup of Ovaltine, giving a rich satisfying feeling of well being, while at the same time extremely thirst quenching. Essentially a smile in a pint glass.
On the palette, Erdinger has just the right balance between creamy richness and fizzy refreshment to give that fabulous thirst quenching characteristic wheat beers pull off with such ease and grace. One word to the wise however, the slice of orange is not particularly recommended in weizens...the Belgian examples might have adjuncts that work well with the citrus, but the Teutonic example works best alone.
klajmajk (90) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice yellow hazy color with stable white foam. In aroma some yeast tones. In taste some maltyness with right on spot acidity. Medium bodied. In my opinion this one is underrated here.
pricey290483 (35) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
this was a quite good beer really smoth tasting not a beer i would normaly go for but i enjoyed it and with a sale on at sainsburys it was worth it
SVD (382) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
0.5L bottle at home, hazy yellow beer with a medium head, aroma is yeasty, fruits, taste is bit bitter. Decent.
basaywhat (35) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2014
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is my new favorite beer. I really can appreciate the smoothness of this and how it actually quenches thirst with no aftertaste! Perfectly carbonated with the usual weiss flavors of citrus with some grassy notes. It is truly a great beer. I love weiss beers and Erdinger is the my new favorite. I feel that this is truly under rated. Can’t get enough of this beer.
Caap86 (32) - Rognan, NORWAY - MAR 4, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
No strong flavour or aroma. Mildly unclear. This beer is easy to drink and well balanced.
acaffar2 (15) - - MAR 1, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Not strongly flavored, but drinkable and with no off notes. All the things that make heffs good are absent from this beer.
wihlan (91) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Standard weissbier, mycket trevlig. Svag beska som balanserar upp sötman från malten.
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gwillrich (120) - São José dos Campos, BRAZIL - MAR 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aromas de fermento, pão e especiarias. Sabores de cravo e banana. Coloração amarelo turvo, com boa formação de espuma.
Erzengel (1714) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - FEB 28, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
The beer starts mild, slightly yeasty and even a bit bitter. The mainpart is a bit flat - the typical Weizen-aroma remains a bit in the background, no real clove or banana there. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, smooth-yeasty with a slightly sweet and only very slightly banana-clove hints.
Not a very good Weizen-example. Easy to drink, but not very deep in aroma. --> 10/12/10/10
kufdam (127) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle from Tesco in Windsor. Hazy golden beer. Lasting foamy head. Banana and pepper. Abv balanced well.